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    Saudis blast ‘guardianship’ laws after woman’s escape

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 07:54pm on January 09, 2019

    A Saudi teen’s live-tweeted asylum plea has cast a renewed spotlight on women’s rights just months after women won the right to drive, and sparked...

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    Khamenei calls US officials ‘first-class idiots’

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 04:25pm on January 09, 2019

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said some US officials are ‘first-class idiots’ in a speech on Wednesday. ‘Some US officials pretend that they are...

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    UN refers Saudi teen to Australia for refugee resettlement

    Reuters. Sydney | Updated at 01:43pm on January 09, 2019

    United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18 year old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family...

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    IS counterattack in east Syria kills 32

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 12:00am on January 09, 2019

    Die-hard jihadists defending their last bastions in eastern Syria used the cover of bad weather to launch a vain but deadly counterattack against Kurdish-led fighters.The...

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    Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport pleads for asylum

    Agence France-Presse . Bangkok | Updated at 11:19am on January 07, 2019

    A Saudi woman being held at Bangkok airport on Monday appealed for asylum and for other passengers to help protest her looming deportation, in desperate...

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    Saudi to notify women of divorce by text message

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 12:00am on January 07, 2019

    Saudi courts will notify women by text message when they get divorced, in a new regulation that took effect on Sunday, officials said.The measure approved...

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    Explosives expert killed in Cairo blast

    Reuters . Cairo | Updated at 01:51pm on January 06, 2019

    An Egyptian police officer was killed on Saturday while attempting to defuse a bomb found near a church in an eastern Cairo suburb, state television...

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    Jihadists advance against rebels in northern Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 12:00am on January 06, 2019

    Jihadists gained ground Friday from rebels in Syria’s last major opposition bastion after four days of clashes that have killed more than 100 fighters, a...

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    Yemen govt reports Hodeida rebel ‘attacks’ to UN

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 12:00am on January 04, 2019

    Yemen’s government and its two main allies have written to the UN Security Council accusing rebels of failing to comply with a hard-won ceasefire agreement...

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    Khashoggi murder trial opens

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 12:00am on January 04, 2019

    Saudi Arabia’s attorney general sought the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their high-profile trial...